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New Chapter for Former Library in San Antonio

Posted on: October 1st, 2012 by Elizabeth McNamara

 

As part of a larger rehabilitation project, the lobby of the former San Antonio Central Library, built in 1930, has been restored. The lobby’s intricate cast plaster ceiling underwent an extensive rehabilitation, as did its brass doors, Art Deco light fixtures, and hand-carved walls.

The 38,000-square-foot structure is located along the city’s historic River Walk, and was designed in both the Art Deco and Neo-Classical styles. It operated as the city’s main library until 1968, when it then became the Hertzberg Circus Museum until shuttering in 2001.

The building was used predominately as storage until 2009, when the Briscoe Western Art Museum -- a repository for art and artifacts related to the American West -- acquired the building and started a $30 million restoration and expansion.

The museum, which will feature paintings, sculpture, photography, and art from American Indian, Spanish, Mexican cultures, is set to open next fall.

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[Slideshow] Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Posted on: September 20th, 2012 by Elizabeth McNamara 3 Comments

 

As you’ll read in Preservation’s Fall 2012 issue, last October my husband and I spent two nights in rehabilitated historic lockhouses along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal outside Washington, DC. We’re both native Washingtonians, and yet in less than 48 hours we absorbed more cool facts about our city’s early history than we ever anticipated. Thanks to the Canal Quarters program, which rents out six restored lockhouses to guests, we experienced the 184.5-mile-long waterway as never before.

In anticipation of our Fall issue, I hope you enjoy these pictures of the historic canal, lockhouses, and surrounding parkland.

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[Slideshow] Lake Placid's Olympic Venues

Posted on: August 6th, 2012 by Elizabeth McNamara 4 Comments

 

Ed. note: The London 2012 Olympics have captured the imaginations and curiosity of the Preservation Nation team (along with the rest of the world). So what better time to visit places from Olympics past? Check out what Preservation assistant editor Elizabeth MacNamara saw during a recent visit to Lake Placid, NY ...

Just seven cities in the world have hosted the Olympics more than once since the modern games began in 1896. London tops the list, with 2012 being the third time Olympic hopefuls have competed for gold in the Square Mile. Back over the pond in America, the summer games came to the city of Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984, and the winter games to the mountain village of Lake Placid, New York, in 1932 and 1980.

I recently joined my family for vacation in Lake Placid and took pictures of the places “where miracles are made,” as they say. Here are some of the Olympic venues that I visited:

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